02-22-2010, 08:27 PM
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Well said, MIeventer.
As she said, horses pick up on whatever is in your mind. Back up a bit and jump smaller jumps to build up YOUR confidence. You horse's confidence is built on yours.
Then you might have to play mind games with yourself. As you approach a jump, PRETEND that you are uber confident. Jump it the way you think your favorite jump rider would jump it. Strangely enough, this pretending will help make you feel more comfortable. It can make a huge difference.
I rode on a team that had a sports psychologist work with us. This is what we practised....visualization. I can't tell you how much difference it can make.
BTW, it's verticals I hate!! Oxers are so much easier, IMO. They almost ride themselves. Verticals take so much more care.